14-year-old boy takes car for joyride

Law enforcement officers were dispatched to the area of Reay Lane last Friday morning just after 3:00 A.M., in reference to a vehicle that had struck a fence on Shiflet Avenue. The reporting party told authorities that he was following the vehicle that was traveling south on Reay Lane from Norton Road. A sheriff’s deputy arrived and stopped the vehicle near Thatcher park.

When the deputy made contact with the driver, he discovered the vehicle was being driven by a 14-year-old boy. The boy did not have any signs of injury. The vehicle had minor scratches on the driver’s side front and a flat tire.

The deputy asked the young man if his parents knew he was driving the vehicle and he said, “no.” The boy said that he knew he had hit the fence and told the deputy that he was tired and ran off the road. He said that was just driving around because he wanted to go for a ride. The deputy noted that boy appeared to be scared and was very compliant.

The boy’s father was contacted and came to the scene. He told authorities that he was unaware that his son had taken his car. The boy’s father said would take care of the damaged fence. The owner of the fence declined press charges and told authorities that she would work with under-age driver and his father to fix the fence.

The juvenile is facing possible charges of driving without a license and leaving the scene of accident, damage to non-vehicle property.